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Investigation Lobs Disturbing Allegations Against Candy Giant

CBS News finds Mars uses chocolate harvested by kids as young as 5

(Newser) - A CBS News investigation finds that candy company Mars, Inc. continues to use cocoa harvested by child laborers in Africa, and calls into question the company's stated commitment to keeping kids there in school. The media outlet found kids as young as five working at each of the cocoa...

Feds Fine Company That Employed 11-Year-Old Forklift Operator

Kentucky distribution center had child workers for months, Department of Labor says

(Newser) - A warehouse in Kentucky that employed two children, including an 11-year-old who operated a forklift, has been fined $30,276 and ordered to stop hiring underage workers. The US Department of Labor says the children were employed at the Win.It America Inc. for months before the labor law violation...

'Open Secret' at Chicken Slaughterhouses: Kids at Work

Hannah Dreier reports on it for 'New York Times Magazine'

(Newser) - He was, according to his hospital paperwork, a 20-year-old man named Francisco. But hospital staffers in rural Virginia were perplexed because the patient in front of them—his arm nearly severed in a gruesome accident at a chicken slaughterhouse—was clearly just a kid. Investigative reporter Hannah Dreier explains the...

Labor Shortage Means This Group Is in Demand for Summer Jobs

Teens are in the driver's seat, with the ability to hold out for jobs with higher wages

(Newser) - Teens have long been vital to filling out the summertime staffs of restaurants, ice cream stands, amusement parks, and camps. Now, thanks to one of the tightest labor markets in decades, they have even more sway, with an array of jobs to choose from at ever higher wages, per the...

New Labor Law in This State Lets Kids Work Longer Hours

Iowa GOP pushes through child labor legislation that even lets minors serve booze in some cases

(Newser) - Every Democrat in Iowa's Senate, as well as two Republicans, voted nay on a controversial bill early Tuesday that would allow teens to work longer hours in currently banned jobs, including in roles that serve booze. But the rest of the body's GOP pushed the legislation through by...

DOL: Firm Hired Kids to Work Overnight Shifts in Risky Jobs

Packers Sanitation Services hit with $1.5M fine for allegedly hiring minors to clean meatpacking plants

(Newser) - The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 bars all minors from working with certain hazardous equipment; prohibits kids who are 14 and 15 from working past 7pm, or for more than three hours a day; and mandates that children under the age of 14 can't work at all. Now,...

Reuters: Hyundai Subsidiary in Alabama Used Child Labor

Insiders say siblings ages 12, 13, and 15 were among numerous underage workers

(Newser) - The use of child labor in dangerous factories isn't a thing of the past, or a thing that only happens in other countries, according to a Reuters report on a Hyundai subsidiary in Alabama. Reuters says that after a 13-year-old Guatemalan girl disappeared from her family's home earlier...

Singer's 4-Year-Old Performed With Him. Now, a $3.6K Fine

Germany's Angelo Kelly is accused of violating child labor laws

(Newser) - A Bavarian court found a folk singer guilty Friday of violating Germany's strict child-labor laws for having his 4-year-old son perform onstage with him during an evening concert. Angelo Kelly, 39, was fined $3,600 by the Hassfurt administrative court for the 2019 appearance at an open-air summer concert...

Clooney Reacts to Nespresso-Linked Child Labor Exposé

'Clearly this board and this company still have work to do. And that work will be done'

(Newser) - George Clooney has been Nespresso's brand ambassador since 2006, but after an investigation claimed to find six of the company's Guatemalan coffee suppliers use child labor, the actor is expressing regret. Per Deadline and CNN , he says he joined Nespresso's sustainability advisory board seven years ago (along...

Chipotle Must Pay $1.3M Over Child Labor Violations

They occurred at the chain's Massachusetts locations

(Newser) - Chipotle was hit with a $1.3 million fine over thousands of child labor violations at its Massachusetts restaurants, the state's attorney general announced Monday. Attorney General Maura Healey ordered the largest child labor penalty ever issued by the state against the Mexican restaurant chain after finding an estimated...

Wendy's Franchisee Hit With $160K Fine Over Child Labor

Labor Dept.: Nearly 450 minors worked illegally at Wendy's in 9 states

(Newser) - A Wendy's franchisee was just hit with a massive fine after the US Department of Labor found it had violated child labor laws, allowing kids employed by restaurants in nine states to work longer hours than they were supposed to, or outside the parameters of when they were allowed...

Cops: 9-Year-Old Child Worker Tortured, Killed by Bosses

They allegedly inserted an air compressor into Sagar Barman's rectum

(Newser) - A 9-year-old factory worker in Bangladesh was killed Sunday when other employees allegedly inserted an air compressor's nozzle into his rectum and turned it on, AFP reports. Police say senior employees were upset Sagar Barman went into a restricted area of Zobeda Textile Mill in Dhaka. But Sagar's...

Report: Apple, Microsoft Use Cobalt Mined by Kids
Report: Apple, Microsoft Use Cobalt Mined by Kids

Report: Apple, Microsoft Use Cobalt Mined by Kids

16 brands named in report couldn't verify source of cobalt

(Newser) - Kids in the Democratic Republic of Congo risk their lives to supply the batteries used in your smartphone and other gadgets, according to a new Amnesty International report. Amnesty and NGO Afrewatch note children as young as 7 mine cobalt for lithium batteries found in products made by Apple, Microsoft,...

Filipino Kids Risk Lives in Country's Deadly Gold Mines

Some mines are 80 feet deep, some are underwater

(Newser) - Thousands of children in the Philippines are working in the country's gold mines, where conditions are deadly and "absolutely terrifying," according to a report published Tuesday by Human Rights Watch. According to Time , the report includes interviews with 65 child miners—some of whom started working in...

Bolivia Brings in World's Lowest Working Age

Work by 10-year-olds legalized

(Newser) - The Bolivian government has brought in the lowest working age of any country in the world, giving the OK for children as young as 10 to work as long as they are self-employed and also go to school. Children 12 and over will be allowed to work for others as...

Young Kids Working in US Tobacco Fields

Human Rights Watch issues scathing report

(Newser) - Children are toiling in unsafe conditions, suffering everything from breathing problems to vomiting, and putting in 12-hour days and 72-hour weeks. Think we're talking a third-world sweatshop? It's what's happening right now on US tobacco farms, Human Rights Watch alleges in a report today. The group spoke...

I Went Undercover at a Bangladesh Sweatshop

Canadian reporter goes undercover alongside 9-year-olds for $25 a month

(Newser) - With the safety (or lack thereof) of Bangladesh sweatshops in the headlines , Canadian journalist Raveena Aulakh decided to experience the conditions at factories that make our clothes firsthand, in a report for the Toronto Star . The first surprise? The worker showing her the ropes, Meem, was a 9-year-old girl, who...

Apple Finds 106 Underage Workers in Factories

Most of the cases were at one plant in China

(Newser) - Apple's own audit of its supply chain turned up 106 underage workers at overseas plants last year, reports the Guardian . Most of the violations—74 of them—occurred at one China facility. The kids were ordered home, and Apple cut ties with the plant, which makes components for circuit...

Victoria's Secret Buys From Child Labor Sources: Report

Kids pick cotton at West Africa farms

(Newser) - Victoria's Secret says it's rushing to investigate claims that it buys supplies from farms that use child labor. A Bloomberg report today described a 13-year-old girl in the West African country of Burkina Faso who faces beatings at the farm where she picks cotton. That cotton is ultimately...

Gingrich Calls Child Labor Laws 'Stupid'

Says poor students could work as janitors

(Newser) - First, Newt Gingrich wanted Occupy protesters to "get a job." Now he says teenagers should do the same, even if it means discarding child labor laws, the Los Angeles Times reports. In a speech at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government on Friday, the presidential candidate said he...

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